Getting up close with The Ramonas in Brighton
We all love The Ramonas here! A top band when performing Ramones material, and a top band when performing their own material, and a class act when performing their own material live and unplugged! (well nearly unplugged) The band are constantly touring across Europe and the UK, but tonight they were back home in Brighton. They have a busy schedule of gigs so check out their Facebook page for dates, they are playing in Brighton soon with the Anti Nowhere League – now that’s gonna rock!
Vinyl Revolution – The hosts.
Vinyl Revolution is a spot on VINYL record store in Brighton and they were playing host tonight to an exclusive, limited entry performance from The Ramonas. Have to say the guys had obviously worked really hard for this, loads of social media advertising and the store was absolutely spotless. We were ushered downstairs and immediately bumped into The Ramonas and got chatting! The acoustics were spot on, great lighting and lots of folk milling around eyeing up the vinyl and importantly just a great atmosphere! Chatting to Simon after the show I congratulated him on such a slick event and he promised more events like this are in the pipeline. Can’t wait!
Chewing out a rhythm on my bubblegum! The Ramonas were back in Sussex – this time in Brighton for a special one off acoustic performance. Tonight was to be a stripped back performance of their own material from their new album and previously released EP.
The Ramonas are – using their own album tags
Lisa – Vocals
Victoria – Bass
Maxine – Guitar
Camille – Drums
From the get – go The Ramonas were here to have some fun and play some of their own music. They nailed it! Great tunes – perfectly delivered, constant banter between the members and included Lisa pulling out a kazoo! This proved to be an unforgettable 30 minutes.
The acoustics were really good and absolutely loud enough for the room. Victoria playing a stunning acoustic bass, Maxine gave her all on her guitar whilst Camille sat on her modified Cajon box, with an attached bass pedal and bashed the heck out of it for the set! Lisa, what can you say, her vocals were on point and powerful as she bounced through the songs with the other guys dropping in some fine vocals and background vocals!
Turn it up! Video from the event posted by The Ramonas with a guest appearance from Charlie Harper!
At one point the legend that is Charlie Harper, UK SUBS, popped up and joined in on Tearaway – he plays harmonica for this track on the album and dropped into play it live tonight. Always a thrill to talk to Charlie as he was prepping up for a 5 week tour across Europe.
OK, so what was played? As I say it was The Ramonas self penned material we were going to be treated to:
69, Cotton Wool, Quarter Life, Sue Me, Cant Cope, Daily Fail, Tearaway, Speak Up, First World Problems and closing with Microwave Mandy.
The guys played hard and delivered a most enjoyable set. Lisa said it was nice to be able to see faces in the crowd, and it was great to see The Ramonas up close, no smoke or dim stage lighting. Perfect!
As the name suggests, The Ramonas are an all female tribute to the iconic New York Punk Rock band The Ramones. Originally conceived back in 2004 with multiple different lineups, The Ramonas have now evolved into a fully fledged, razor sharp live band in their own right, and releasing some damn fine original material! I got my hands on a copy of the “Road To Ruin” yellow vinyl of First World Problems – all signed! Touring, Touring is never boring and these gurrlls are guaranteed to play you high energy, in your face full throttle one hour shows that’ll leave you buzzing for more of that 1976 spirit, or leave you bopping with their own material. Just go see them live!
Scene Sussex was honoured to get one of the first copies of the album First World Problems – check out the words, pics and exclusive sampler video – its all here!
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